Are Steel Beams to Support Basement Walls Good?


A mini-series on steel beams (also known as i beams) for foundation repair in your basement. Are they a good idea? Are there any alternatives? What are the pros and cons? New videos every Sunday!

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Today we’re going to talk about foundation cracks and the use of steel i beams to repair them. Steel i beams are a rigid structure shaped like an uppercase I used in construction of skyscrapers and other steel buildings and sometimes used for fixing a crack in your foundation to stop inward movement. A steel i beam is not necessarily designed to be used in a basement. It is a product that has become used over time because it’s what was available. We don’t recommend it in a basement because of its rigidity. It can maybe not stop inward movement and it can break and bend because it’s not designed to move with a basement wall that is in a constant flux of movement. We use a product called the PowerBrace. So the PowerBrace is also an i-beam but it is engineered to flex and move with the wall of your basement.

Foundation Repair Costs

Repairing home foundations is not just inconvenient — it is costly. When you call any contractor, you should first build up an estimate of the total expense it will incur. If you agree upon this quotation, with all the other factors involved such as time, materials, and labor, then the work should commence.

Stone Foundation Repair

Stone foundations are not much used nowadays, but in certain old-style houses, they are still existent. Stone foundations are usually difficult to repair and require professionals to handle it.

Foundation Repair Companies

There are many companies listed in the Yellow Pages and on the internet which undertake the work of repairing foundations in homes. Roughly 250,000 Americans approach these companies with foundation repair problems annually.

Foundation Leak Repair

Water is the main culprit in a major portion of foundation problems. Whether the foundation is of poured concrete, block concrete or stone, continuous water seepage creates cracks which can often be disastrous if ignored.

Concrete Foundation Repair

Concrete foundations are of two types – poured concrete and concrete block. Poured concrete is a modern manner of laying foundations, while concrete blocks are more traditional. Concrete blocks are preferred for their visual appeal and strength. Yet, as time passes, there may be degradation of concrete.

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